The suburb of Newtown lies in the southern part of Wellington in New Zealand. It lies east of Vogeltown, between Mount Cook and Berhampore. The main thoroughfares of Newtown are Riddiford St, leading from Mount Cook to Berhampore and Melrose, and Constable St, leading from Newtown to Kilbirnie.

Newtown Community Centre
Newtown Community Centre
Coordinates: 41°18′49″S 174°46′47″E / 41.3137°S 174.7798°E / -41.3137; 174.7798
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington City
Local authorityWellington City Council
Electoral ward
  • Paekawakawa/Southern Ward
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara Māori Ward
 • Land256 ha (633 acres)
 (June 2023)[2]
 • Total10,130
HospitalsWellington Hospital
Mount Cook Mount Cook[3] Hataitai
Evans Bay
Berhampore Berhampore Kilbirnie, Melrose



Originally a working-class suburb, Newtown has followed gentrification trends in recent years, attracting large numbers of immigrants, students and young professionals and resulting in an ethnically diverse population. The Wellington City Council District Plan identifies Newtown as a suburb with an "identifiable or distinct character".[4]

On 16 May 2023, a fire broke out at the 92-bed Loafers Lodge in Newtown. At least six people died, 20 others were injured, and 11 are missing.[5]



Newtown, comprising the statistical areas of Newtown North, Newtown West and Newtown South, covers 2.56 km2 (0.99 sq mi).[1] It had an estimated population of 10,130 as of June 2023, with a population density of 3,957 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [6]

Newtown had a population of 9,180 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 780 people (9.3%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,299 people (16.5%) since the 2006 census. There were 3,351 households, comprising 4,314 males and 4,866 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.89 males per female, with 1,056 people (11.5%) aged under 15 years, 3,420 (37.3%) aged 15 to 29, 3,825 (41.7%) aged 30 to 64, and 882 (9.6%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 65.5% European/Pākehā, 10.1% Māori, 8.2% Pasifika, 18.8% Asian, and 8.7% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 35.4, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 52.2% had no religion, 29.1% were Christian, 0.5% had Māori religious beliefs, 3.7% were Hindu, 4.7% were Muslim, 1.4% were Buddhist and 4.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 3,504 (43.1%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 780 (9.6%) people had no formal qualifications. 1,425 people (17.5%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 4,530 (55.8%) people were employed full-time, 1,194 (14.7%) were part-time, and 477 (5.9%) were unemployed.[6]

Individual statistical areas
Name Area
Population Density
(per km2)
Households Median age Median
Newtown North 0.70 2,124 3,034 678 30.6 years $33,000[7]
Newtown West 0.66 3,414 5,172 1,269 29.0 years $34,300[8]
Newtown South 1.19 3,642 3,061 1,404 32.2 years $30,500[9]
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


The former Langham Private Hotel

Government House on Rugby Street, Wellington Hospital located on Riddiford Street and Wellington Zoo all lie within the boundaries of Newtown. Newtown Park is located next to the Zoo, off Roy Street and provides a venue for athletics and football. The Park consists of a 400m all-weather running track, grandstand, changing rooms, community rooms and play area. Wellington City Council has spent $3.6 million on modernising facilities at Newtown Park to meet current and future needs for the athletics and soccer sports codes, and the wider community.

Newtown Festival

The Newtown Festival in 2010 (looking up Riddiford Street)

The annual Newtown Festival takes place over one day, culminating in the Newtown Festival Street Fair which is usually held on International Children's Day (usually the first Sunday in March). Organised by The Newtown Residents' Association for the past 18 years, the festival has continued to grow. The 2014 Newtown Festival was attended by an estimated 80,000 people.[10] In 2014 the Wellington Gold Awards nominated the organisers of the Newtown Festival for one of their annual awards, citing that the festival is "New Zealand’s largest free annual outdoor street festival."[11]



Newtown School


Newtown School is a co-educational contributing state primary school for Year 1 to 6 students,[12] with a roll of 312 as of February 2024.[13]

The school has a Māori language immersion class, Ngāti Kotahitanga, providing an 80 per cent immersion environment. It also has an indoor heated swimming pool, computer suite, and separate junior and senior playgrounds.[14]

Other schools


South Wellington Intermediate is a co-educational state intermediate school for Year 7 to 8 students,[15][16] with a roll of 431.[17]

St Anne's School is a co-educational state-integrated Catholic primary school for Year 1 to 8 students,[18] with a roll of 165 as of February 2024.[19]


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  2. ^ "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 25 October 2023.
  3. ^ ""Wellington City Suburb Boundaries, Feb. 2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  4. ^ Newtown! Community in a Wellington Suburb edited by Martin Doyle (1998, Wellington Safer Community Council, Wellington City Council) ISBN 0-909036-73-X
  5. ^ "At least six dead, 20 injured in New Zealand hostel fire". Retrieved 15 May 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Newtown North (252900), Newtown West (253000) and Newtown South (253600).
  7. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Newtown North
  8. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Newtown West
  9. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Newtown South
  10. ^ "Wellington festival seeks new acts | NZNews | 3 News". Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  11. ^ Flightdec. "Class of 2014". Gold Awards.
  12. ^ "Newtown School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  13. ^ "Newtown School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  14. ^ "Newtown School Official School Website".
  15. ^ "South Wellington Intermediate Official School Website".
  16. ^ "South Wellington Intermediate Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  17. ^ "South Wellington Intermediate Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  18. ^ "St Anne's School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  19. ^ "St Anne's School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.